I started making this last year (actually a year ago exactly as it was published in the June 2010 Cooking Light Mag). It is so simple and delicious and really says spring. I made it for a couple we had over for dinner and they gobbled it up! I haven't made too many changes as it is a simple recipe as it stands, but I do throw in a little less crushed red pepper flakes as too much of that together with the acidic tomatoes makes my stomach unhappy. Also, to save money, I used dried herbs instead of fresh and it tastes just fine to me.
4 quarts water
2 teaspoons kosher salt
8 ounces uncooked spaghetti
2 2/3 cups cherry tomatoes
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
3/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1/16 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 tablespoons dried basil
1 tablespoons dried parsley
1/2 cup (2 ounces) crumbled semisoft goat cheese
1. Preheat oven to 450°.
2. Bring 4 quarts water to a boil in a large Dutch oven. Add 1 tablespoon salt and spaghetti to boiling water; cook 10 minutes or until spaghetti is al dente. Drain spaghetti in a colander over a bowl, reserving 1/3 cup cooking water. Return spaghetti to pan; set aside, and keep warm.
3. While spaghetti cooks, combine tomatoes, 1 tablespoon olive oil, vinegar, 3/8 teaspoon salt, and pepper on a jelly-roll pan, tossing well to coat. Bake tomato mixture at 450° for 10 minutes or until tomatoes are soft and lightly charred in places.
4. Add tomatoes and any tomato juice to spaghetti in Dutch oven. Add 3 tablespoons reserved cooking water to jelly-roll pan, scraping pan to loosen browned bits; carefully pour water mixture and remaining 1 tablespoon oil into spaghetti mixture. Place Dutch oven over medium heat. Add remaining reserved cooking water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until spaghetti mixture is moist, tossing frequently. Stir in basil and parsley. Sprinkle with cheese. And let it get all melty. Serve immediately.